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Parnell pegged as president of Pelicans

Todd Parnell is the new president of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, replacing Chuck Greenberg, who moves upstairs as chairman and managing partner.Todd Parnell is the new president of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High Class A; Carolina League), replacing Chuck Greenberg, who moves upstairs as chairman and managing partner.

In his new role, Parnell will be the club’s top executive and will work closely with Pelicans’ General Manager North Johnson, who will continue to lead the club’s day-to-day operations. "Parney," who also holds the title of president for the State College Spikes (short season; New York-Penn League, will spend a substantial amount of time each month working out of BB&T Coastal Field.

Parnell has been an integral part of the Pelicans’ franchise since May 2006, when Greenberg’s group purchased the franchise from Capitol Broadcasting. Since beginning his association with the Pelicans, he has been involved in every major franchise decision during that period, including the complete re-branding of the team’s on-field look and logo presence in 2007, the over $2.5 million dollar capital improvement project to the ballpark which included the addition of a brand-new, state-of-the-art videoboard, Pelicans Beach, the Landshark Landing, Pepsi Grille, Pelicans Restaurant, a new Ticket Office, and other significant fan experience upgrades, and the team landing the 2008 California League vs. Carolina League All-Star Game at BB&T Coastal Field.

“Parney has been a key asset to the Pelicans’ management team ever since our ownership group purchased the club nearly three years ago. We are very much looking forward to him working with North and our accomplished front office staff in this expanded capacity to continue to grow our brand in the market, build sustainable business partnerships, add to our already fun and friendly ballpark atmosphere and make an even bigger imprint in the community,” said Greenberg. “Parney’s 20 years of experience, infectious personality and unequaled passion for promoting the Minor League Baseball brand is a monumental asset to the Pelicans’ organization and its fans.”

Parnell, a North Carolina native, is embarking on his landmark 20th season in Minor League Baseball in 2009. He spent the past seven seasons (2002-08) as the general manager of the Altoona Curve (Class AA; Eastern League), a position he relinquished this past December after the sale of the franchise from Curve Baseball LP to the family of Robert F. Lozinak.